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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 4, 2012 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What is the story with the new generation of 'Jam bands'

Thanks. That needed to be said.

There's a part in David Byrne's book where he talks about the moment that he realized that they didn't need to play songs that reflected reality or imitated reality and instead started to create their own reality ("Why such a big suit?").

The risk you take in veering away from conventional, traditional music forms is that you might end up alienating your audience. Or at the very least, that they might find that the non-reality you've created just doesn't appeal to them emotionally. 12-bar blues and standard country formats derive this emotional appeal through the audience's familiarity with those musical traditions.

What the GD did -- and what so many imitators have failed to do -- is to walk the fine line between tradition and truly original works. Hunter's lyrics are undeniably rooted in tradition but he always manages to add a wonderful layer of mystery, and the music reflects this.